BCS Bits - Facts on Revenue Sharing, October 27, 2009This week's topic is BCS revenue sharing. It's pretty simple. (You will see in No. 6 that the six automatic-qualifying conferences receive a disproportionally smaller share than might be expected.)

Here goes, in sequence as the pencil-pushers (does anyone still use a pencil?) do the math:   

1. The non-AQ conferences received $19.3 million in total in 2008-09; 18 percent of the net BCS escrow revenue goes to those conferences if one of their members participates in a BCS game.  If no team participates, the five conferences share 9 percent of the net revenue. The five conferences divide the revenue among themselves.

(According to NCAA figures, the Mountain West Conference received approximately $9.8 million as a result of Utah's participation in the Sugar Bowl.  For comparison, the Las Vegas Bowl-now MAACO Bowl Las Vegas-with the highest distribution of any non-AQ conference's contracted bowls, disbursed $1.8 million to its two participants combined.)

2. $200,000 was distributed to Army and Navy--$100,000 each.

3. $1.8 million was distributed in total to Football Championship Subdivision conferences.

4. Notre Dame received $1.3 million.  If it does not play in a BCS game, Notre Dame receives 1/66th of the net revenue-there are 66 teams in the AQ conferences. (If Notre Dame plays in a BCS game, it receives $4.5 million.)

5. Each conference with two teams in the BCS received an additional $4.5 million.

6. The remainder went to each automatic-qualifying conference -- $17.8 million net in 2008-09.  It is perhaps noteworthy that 81 percent of the revenue went to the six AQ conferences, although those conferences provided 90 percent of the participating teams-nine of ten.

Here's a snapshot of the 2008-09 net revenue; 2009-10 is expected to be similar:

  • $19.3 million - non-AQ conferences
  • $17.8 million - each AQ conference
  • $4.5 million - each conference with a second team in the BCS (in addition to the $17.8 million above)
  • $1.8 million - Football Championship Subdivision conferences
  • $1.3 million - Notre Dame
  • $0.2 million - Army and Navy


In Other News....As usual, the BCS Standings compiled on the first Sunday in December will determine which teams have earned automatic qualification and which have earned eligibility for at-large selection to the BCS games.

The 11 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletics director, who together manage the BCS, recently addressed alternatives to the traditional date because one FBS game will be played after the first Sunday in December-Army vs. Navy December 12.

The group discussed the fact that the outcome of that game would affect not only Army's and Navy's seasons, but also could affect the rankings of their opponents.

During the conversation, it became apparent that delaying the BCS announcement by a week would not be feasible.  Fans and schools must make arrangements for air transportation and lodging, and it would be difficult for them to wait a week.  Also, the bowls need sufficient time to prepare. The date of the BCS announcement affects not only the five BCS games, but also many other bowl games because their matchups are contingent on the BCS pairings.

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